VOLUME 10, ISSUE 8
April 20, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Onward Wines: Pinot Noir & Pet-Nat Too Pellegrini Wine Company & Olivet Lane Vineyard: New Incarnation of a Heritage Estate Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir, Rosé & Chardonnay 2013 Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay: Part of the New Wave in Oregon Pinot Briefs Winemaker Up Close & Personal:-Faith Armstrong-Foster of Onward Wines
J Wrigley Vineyard
An estate vineyard in the McMinnville AVA of the Willamette Valley owned and farmed by the Wrigley family who bought 200 acres of vineyard land in 2006 and planted Pinot Noir, Riesling and Pinot Gris in October of 2008.
The 6-acre vineyard has both sedimentary and volcanic soils. Initially, Pommard, 115 and 777 were planted on southeast-facing slopes in predominantly volcanic soil. Whites are planted at a higher elevation. The vineyard will be dry farmed once established.
The J Wrigley label was launched with the 2010 vintage and the first estate wine arrived the following year. Production is about 500 cases. The wines are sold on the website and through a wine club. See website for upcoming events.
Articles About J Wrigley Vineyard
2013 J. Wrigley McMinnville Oregon Rosé of Pinot Noir
150 cases, $20, screwcap. Whole cluster pressed with some finished wine blended back in for color. Cold fermented to taste. Slight residual sugar. · Light pink color and clear in the glass. Typical aromas of Pinot Noir Rosé of strawberry, rose petal and orange flower water. A charming and refreshing wine with flavors of strawberry, blood orange and a hint of cotton candy. The bright, acid-driven finish is driven by orange zest flavor. Score: 89. Reviewed June 9, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 J. Wrigley “MAC” Cuvée McMinnville Oregon Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., 225 cases, $38, screwcap. Yamhill Valley Vineyard and J. Wrigley Vineyard grapes. Clones 115, 667 and 777. Primarily marine sedimentary soils. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is a touch floral with added scents of cherry and sandalwood. Plenty of sappy black cherry, black raspberry and plum fruits with a sweet edge. Modest tannins, supportive oak, and some finishing intensity. A fruit-driven wine that can be enjoyed now. Score: 89. Reviewed June 9, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 J. Wrigley Proposal Block Estate McMinnville Oregon Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., 250 cases, $45. Primarily volcanic soils. Pommard, 777 and 115 clones with a little more Pommard than in 2011. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of ripe black cherries, black raspberries and spice. Rich and full on the palate with a healthy tannic structure and a long, dry finish. The flavor profile leans to black cherry and plum with a hint of earth and herbs. Tasted later in the day from an opened bottle, the wine was still big-boned and fruity, and the finish was magnificent. Score: 92. Reviewed June 9, 2014 ARTICLE »
2011 J. Wrigley Proposal Block Estate McMinnville Oregon Pinot Noir
12.5% alc., 150 cases, $38. Primarily volcanic soil. Pommard, 777 and 115 clones. Aged in 18%-20% new French oak. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of cherry, dried herbs, forest floor and rose petal lead to bright flavors of cherry, raspberry and spice. Demure and suave, with managed tannins and lively acidity. Tasted again later in the day from an opened bottle, the wine had picked up significantly more richness and intensity and took a velvety texture. A seductive wine that could benefit from another year in bottle. Score: 91. Reviewed June 9, 2014 ARTICLE »
2010 J. Wrigley “MAC” Cuvée McMinnville Oregon Pinot Noir
12.7% alc., $38. From sourced grapes (Yamhill Valley and Coleman vineyards). Extended barrel aging for over 2 years in 25% new French oak. Pommard, 777 and 667 clones. · Light reddish purple color in the glass. Complex nose offering aromas of cranberry, cherry, strawberry, dusty earth and a hint of spice. Elegant and charming with reigned in tannins, and featuring a smoky cherry core. Score: 89. Reviewed June 9, 2014 ARTICLE »
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